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HTC First Review

HTC First

Posted: , by John V.


Call Quality:

HTC First Review
Aside from the slight amount of crackle heard with voices through the ear piece, calling quality is pretty good with the HTC First. On the other end of the line, our callers have no issue trying to comprehend our voice. Finally, we didn’t find any issue trying to use the speakerphone with our conversations.


Stuffed with a 2000 mAh battery, which isn’t user accessible, the battery life of the HTC First will undoubtedly vary depending on your connectivity. With 4G LTE, it’s able to churn out a little over 8 hours of heavy usage before it’s completely tapped. On the flip side, strict HSPA+ connectivity permitted us over 15 hours with normal usage, which consisted primarily of surfing the web, checking out Facebook, sending emails, and replying to text messages.


Knowing that other smartphones are going to be blessed with the new Facebook Home experience, we can’t tell you to go out and buy the HTC First strictly for that experience. Instead, we recommend it most for its affordable $99.99 on-contract cost with its vanilla Android experience (once Facebook Home is disabled) and minimalist design. As for the Facebook aspect of the smartphone, it’s decent starting point that undeniably will satisfy those who live and breathe Facebook on a daily basis. In the end, though, its dynamic approach to the way our news feed is delivered on the lock/home screen soon becomes worn out and overstays its welcome, as we soon find ourselves going back to the usual Facebook app for that deeper level of connectivity.

Software version of the review unit:
Android Version: 4.2.1
Build Number: 1.05.502.1 CL169849
Kernel Version: 3.4.10-g441f28b

HTC First Video Review:


  • Minimalist design
  • Modest price point
  • Dynamic presentation of Facebook Home
  • Vanilla Android experience


  • Disappointing photo & video capture
  • Not enough core functionality with Facebook Home
  • Weak battery life
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posted on 15 Apr 2013, 06:56 3

1. feres13 (Posts: 307; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

Stock Android, LTE, "human-sized" 4.3" 720p display, honestly if this was sold for 49.99$ on a 2year contract it would be at&t's best mid range smartphone!

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 07:36 5

2. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

its fairly good..love it.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 09:44 2

5. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)

for a mid ranger , yea and if u remove the facebook home then its awsome

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 07:55

3. XperiaPrince (Posts: 108; Member since: 25 Dec 2012)

Why 7.5? I think It Deserves A 8

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 08:10 2

4. ImHungry (Posts: 17; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)

i think i may buy this as a back up phone.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 10:03

6. Techboi (Posts: 84; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)

How is this bad battery life?

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 10:28

8. John.V (Posts: 99; Member since: 27 May 2011)

Honestly, for strict HSPA+ connectivity, I was hoping for something a little more than 15 hours...and that's with my normal usage.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 10:52 1

9. toondewachter (Posts: 54; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)

What does that mean? Let's compare apples with apples. In terms of processing power you could compare it with last year's Galaxy S3 right? They also have comparable battery sizes. So which in your experience would last longer? The HTC First or the S3?

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 10:06

7. Techboi (Posts: 84; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)

I thought the new 400 processor would of been better tho

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 16:14

10. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

This is an okay option. Like a dozen other posters, keep the facebook. I want a pure Android experience, and I want more then just the Nexus options.

I still say: If an LG, Sony, or one of the smaller handset makers trying to become a serious seller just released a stock Android line (mid range and top end), they would hit gold. In a world of Skins and ovelays, a pure Android line WOULD stand out.

And I submit: Perform circles around some of these other devices with UI's on them.

posted on 20 Apr 2013, 08:46

11. Matt89 (Posts: 6; Member since: 12 Apr 2013)

What's so special about this phone, is there any feature of interest?
I was lazy to read it because too many words in this post :D, hhahahaaaaa!!

posted on 18 May 2013, 13:52

12. PorkyBurger (Posts: 585; Member since: 18 May 2013)

Stock Androids are so hot. I agree, remove Facebook Home, and it's awesome. Though, I know already this gorgeous phone will not arrive in my country, and if so, its going to be overpriced, for example for us HTC One S is more expensive than HTC One X at Amazon. Ouch :(

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HTC First

HTC First

OS: Android 4.1
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Display4.3 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (341 ppi) S-LCD 3
Camera5 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Dual-core, 1400 MHz, Krait processor
Size4.96 x 2.56 x 0.35 inches
(126 x 65 x 9 mm)
4.37 oz  (124 g)
Battery2000 mAh, 14.3 hours talk time

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